Peck Cemetery is yet another of those cemeteries that developed a bad reputation in the 1970s and has since been cleaned up. The cemetery itself is of the typical rural stock, formerly hidden in a wood at the end of a gravel road in the middle of nowhere. Things have changed a little in recent years.
People I have talked to who remember when the cemetery was at the height of its reputation tell me that the area has been dramatically transformed. Houses dot the pothole-filled road. The gravel path to the cemetery is now a driveway. “Beware of dogs” and “no trespassing” signs are prominently displayed. Passersby would never guess that Peck Cemetery is only about fifty yards away.
Troy Taylor has done much to publicize this place, but stories have circulated the Internet for years. Christopher D. Blickensderfer, one of these storytellers, maintains a website that includes his account of a trip to Peck Cemetery in the early 1980s.
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